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Ransomware Attacks: Why It Should Be Illegal to Pay the Ransom
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TomWool
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TomWool,
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2/6/2020 | 7:58:44 PM
Re: Bad Advice from a Non-Involved Vendor
Making it illegal will make it less likely that attacks will be reported to authorities. Organizations will pay up and keep it quiet to avoid legal ramifications.   
acmcgregor
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acmcgregor,
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2/5/2020 | 11:37:53 PM
Re: Bad Advice from a Non-Involved Vendor
It is always a business decision first
christcpd@yahoo.com
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[email protected],
User Rank: Strategist
2/5/2020 | 10:10:27 AM
Bad Advice from a Non-Involved Vendor
While it sounds great to make ransomware payments illegal, the author's perspective is one of being a non-involved vendor living and working in an ivory tower.  Real life, aka business, is not as simple.

It is easy to say that organizations should have good cybersecurity.  We all say it.  We all scream it from the rooftops.  Sadly, reality is far different when budgets and priorities enter the equation.

In reality, paying a ransom often presents the fastest return to operations.  Paying a ransom can drastically reduce the Mean Time To Repair resulting in less downtime and less risk of long term issues (like lawsuits and negative insurance claims.)

Paying a ransom is a business decision and should never be regulated by government.


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